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The western Amazon rainforest, found in Peru, is known to have the greatest diversity of flora and fauna found in the world.

Biologists refer to this region as the "green paradise" of the Amazon forest. Within this region there exist exceptional national parks and reserves that contain excellent Amazon wildlife viewing experiences.

Located in northeast Peru is the Reserva Comunal de Tamshiyacu-Tahuayo. The Tamshiyacu-Tahuayo was designated a reserve by the Peruvian government in 1991 to protect the range of the rare Red Uakari monkey, an orangutan-looking monkey with a bright red face. Subsequent scientific research has found one of the world's richest variety of plants, amphibians, reptiles and birds.

Thought to be a Pleistocene refugia (a zone that remained forested during the last ice age, when most of the Amazon became dry savanna), many species have been found here which exist nowhere else in the world. The reserve's mammal diversity has been proven to be the greatest of any region in the Amazon. The number of primate species is the highest of any protected park or reserve in the world. Scientists studying birds, amphibians, and plants have found the respective species assemblages to be "outstanding, unusual and exceptional".


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Located south of Iquitos just off of the Amazon River, the reserve encompasses areas around the Tamshiyacu and Tahuayo Rivers eastward toward the border of Brazil. The reserve is currently adding a million acres of undisturbed forest onto its boundary, which will then include land all the way to Brazil's border.

One of the most spectacular of the mammals of the reserve area is the freshwater Pink Dolphin. Large, intelligent animals, they often approach tourists who are canoeing or swimming. The diversity of birds is likewise extraordinary. Over 500 species of birds have been documented near the Tahuayo Lodge, the only lodge that has access to the Tamshiyaco-Tahuayo Reserve.

Recently new species of poison dart frogs, leaf frogs, and butterflies have been discovered within the reserve.

To visit the Tamshiyacu-Tahuayo Reserve from Iquitos you journey by boat up the mighty Amazon River, for a distance of about 50 miles, then up the Tahuayo tributary, another 40 miles. Here under the ownership and management of a local family is a lodge called the Tahuayo Lodge.

Visitors to the Tahuayo Lodge can enjoy wildlife experiences both from the lodge or camping within the reserve. Special arrangements can also be made to participate in a jungle survival program lead by one of the Amazon's best Indian guides.

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